Underdogs No More
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After the result against Millwall, my innermost thought was that when Tom Wagner and Tom Brady viewed the Championship table last Saturday evening they must have been pleased. Not just seeing their newly acquired outfit sitting fairly pretty, but also noticing the top two slots were occupied by Preston and Ipswich. Early days admittedly, and much could and will no doubt change come next May.
However, my point is this. Based purely on my own observations, Tom Brady certainly doesn’t do underdogs. He is an elite sportsman if ever there was one. A world super star, a consistent performer over many years and an absolute winner. These attributes define him and drive him very much on the front foot. We must hope that during this international break his influence continues to be felt within the training ground, ensuring John Eustace and his squad remain fully focused in order to stay within touching distance of the top of the Championship.
Good for the club and good for us loyal supporters. Underdogs can be used as a term for not expecting much and anticipating defeat. However, since Tom Brady walked through the door and given the way he has conducted himself with regard to almost everything from media to the fans, my belief is that John Eustace is getting the everyday bonus of his input.
Will added pressure be there for the players on matchdays? Absolutely, and rightly so. Because without it the chance of the players achieving improvement each month will diminish. Tom Wagner, Tom Brady and Garry Cook will not wish to be disappointed after such an encouraging start to the season, something that has been achieved despite a few significant injuries.
Those injured players hopefully returning after this two week break will only add to the club’s armoury. Watford away and points await for our new look squad. Normally it is a trip that rarely produces much of a return, but Tom Brady and John Eustace will see an opportunity to change all that.
Whilst visiting America a few years ago I toured Millersville University in Pennsylvania, including it’s sports science academy. Even there, Tom Brady was a source of inspiration and the talk of everything being possible in terms of sporting achievement. We at Blues now have an opportunity to progress and walk side by side with the great man, something that leaves me with the thought that we are underdogs no more.
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